The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it's upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups.... Read More
The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it's upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups. This latest iteration of the time-honored classic is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear and feel.
Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple or rosewood fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance. Comes with Fender Tolex case.
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I picked up a tri-color sunburst American Std. Strat in March, 2014 after looking at 2 or 3 different models. I waited six months before placing this review to make sure I wasn't overly giddy about getting the second Strat in my life (now at age 65). The first was a early 70s model and while it played and sounded fine, my new strat with the custom shop Fat Fifties pups actually puts the old one to shame. I also have a Les Paul Traditional Pro II which is also a hell of a instrument and offers a different sound entirely. While I love them both, if I had a gun to my head to choose one over the other, I'd likely keep the strat--which is also less expensive. The sound is phenomenal and the fingerboard and frets are truly perfection. One reviewer claimed a "buzz" on certain positions of the pup switch, but I have had no such incidents and would suggest having the guitar seriously looked over. Hell, I was getting a strange string buzz on the Gibson but something as simple as nut sauce cleared that up. As far as anything looking cheap? Not a chance. I look at these two vastly different guitars and the Fender easily lives up to the fit and finish AND smooth playability it is known for and is equal to the Gibson. The Strat is also lighter and won't break your shoulder if you stand and play. A friend has an '05 Strat Deluxe with SCN pickups and I was disappointed with the sound of his guitar compared to the Fat 50s! The bottom line: if you are considering a Stratocaster, by all means, try this one out and go with the model whose pickups sound most dramatically compliments your music/style preferences. Kudos to GNC Bridgteton Missouri and Kurt for delineating the differences in all the stuff I've been salivating over! I'm a very please old coot.
I had a 2011 and now have a 2012, I upgraded the PU's on the 2011 (SD's) the stock fat fifty PU's in the 2012 sounded better IMO. The color choice's were great ended up with the jade green and a rosewood finger board, any other time my choice would be maple. Fender has a very good selection of rosewood, fit and finish is fantastic. Very pleased!
Where do I begin? It's like the early years of CBS owned Fender. Lets start with the good. The color and the finish were awesome as well as the pickups, really great sound. Now the bad. Just about everything about the frets were poorly done. Sharp edges were the most problematic, but sharp burrs along the fret were also an issue. The neck was mounted slightly crooked. The nut was a complete disaster, the worst of it was the strings popped out and bend towards the tuners, which made it impossible to set up without some work at my local GC. The bridge was also slightly crooked like the neck. I have never had a guitar require so much work just to be have way playable. The volume knob was loose and the pick guard had a nasty vibration.Very disappointed and I had to return it. I have had several problems with guitars out of the box but none as bad as this. Prices keep going up and quality is going down and not just Fender but all the gang. Time to shape up money is to hard to come by to accept what's being put out to us the public. Very disapointed.
I purchased a 2012 American Standard Strat Rosewood tri color sunburst on 8/26/2012. The shipping was quick through my GC and I had it by the following friday. I inspected it and it looks great. The color blending on the burst is great and it has a nice feel in the hands. The features are basic switches and the tuning machines are subpar; Cheap looking plastichrome. I prefer the look and feel of the older metal kidney keys on the early 70's models. The polished headstock looks like it has a clear plastic cover on it that I do not like. The frets are nice but the fretboard is to flat, should have a little more radius to it. The pups are the fat fifties and the 2nd and 4th positions are quiet and have a nice bell like sound with beef to them. I cannot use the 1st, 3rd, and 5th positions as they buzz ferociously and it will not stop, so 3 out of the 5 selections are unusable. I did get a decent price on it though, brand new with case. I have always wanted a Strat as I have a Gibson LP and wanted an extra sound but I would probably not buy this guitar again. The buzzing is annoying, the fretboard is dead, and the overall feel is as if they are duplicating some other guitars. To do it again I would try the HSS model and have N3's for the singles.
All of the improvements of the past 2 years are in this model with the addition of the Fat 50's pickups. These pups sound great, basically classic, with slightly higher output without sounding hot. The neck will appeal to most players as most measurements are a compromise, IE nut width, neck and fingerboard radii. The rosewood is good and dark - reminiscent of Brazilian stock. The paint and finishing are almost flawless. A nice well built case and some candy make this a good value overall. I have the Jade pearl metallic which would be at home on some custom cars. The appearance changes with the light, going from green with a hint of metallic to silver with a hint of green. I picked mine up at a GC showroom.
Guys, take your wife or girlfriend with you to Guitar Center!!! I went in looking for a Strat, and walked out with the 2012 American Strat off of the top rack. Oh yes. The wife looked up and seen this beautiful guitar, the guy climbed the ladder and handed it to me. We had three way magic going on. My wife looking at the beauty of the guitar, and my fingers gliding up and down the neck of pure silk. I played it through a Vox AC15C1BL, limited ed vintage amp, and again, she fell in love with the beauty of the amp, and I fell in love with the sound. What a combo. What is really amazing, I walked out with a new Amp and Guitar rig that were like a matched set, and only out the door $1600 less than I came in with. This is by far the best sounding and looking rig I have ever had in 30 years of playing several high dollar guitars (Guild X-170, Gretsch Country Gentleman, Fender American Deluxe Tele, and Taylor T5) and decent amps (Fender Twin, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and Crete Blue Voodoo) Highly recommended. I thought about going with a Mexican Start and upgrading PUs and getting a case, but I would have still had nearly a grand in it and still had a Mexican Strat.
The American Standard Strat...The every Mans Guitar. I own an American Deluxe And a Clapton Custom Shop, I though I was Good on Strats...Then the 2012 Standards came out, I read about the some of the changes and the Local GC just got there shipment in, so I gave them a try...all of them. the Custom Shop fat 50's are Awesome! My choice was the Candy Cola with a Very Dark Rosewood Fret board, It's an amazing guitar The look, the feel, and of course, as always, it's so player Friendly, just what you'd expect from The Folks at Fender..all that And More!
I bought the Jade Pearl version which is a nice new color. The updated 50s pickups sound "hotter" and punchier in a good way, if you'd ask me. They have a really nice crunch sound, when you turn up he gain on the amp. I am totally happy. I liked the sound of the 2011 as well but this is more what I was looking for in a strat. Makes a solid appearance. I tuned it when I picked it up and two days, later after many hours playing I can't remember having needed to retune it! If there is something that I am not sure of yet is how the neck pickup actually performs compared to other strats. I have no strat at home to compare to, but maybe the 2012 is a little "darker" sounding from the neck pup. On the other hand I really like the 2 and 4 positions on the pup switch and I usually never use them on other strats. You can get a nice almost Gibson SG sound if you turn the tone knob down a glitch. At the end of the day this is a classic American made standard strat with all the traditional sound but with a little hotter pickups than they used to be.
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